NUTLEY – The Nutley High School football team lost a heartbreaking 15-13 decision to Bergenfield on Saturday afternoon, October 23, at Tangorra Field / Park Oval.
It was the first home game since the death of former NHS football head coach Steve DiGregorio, who died the previous week after a battle with cancer. DiGregorio coached Nutley 6-0 last year after coaching 12 seasons for the Raiders in two stints.
The Raiders’ two-game winning streak has come to an end. Nutley has gone 6-2 overall this season. The loss also ended Nutley’s 10-game winning streak at home dating from the 2019 season.
The Raiders trailed 15-0 before making a comeback in the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Matt Harbison scored on a 1-yard rush to cut him 15-7. The Raiders then recovered a fumble from Bergenfield. In the first play, Nutley scored on a screen pass to reduce it to 15-13 with 1:26 remaining. Nutley attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
Nutley will travel to West Essex on Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. for the final game of the regular season, which will determine the Super Football Conference – American Red Division title. Both teams are 4-0 in the division, with West Essex also 6-2 overall.